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Title: Beneath the Surface
By: angstytimelord
Pairing: Hannibal Lecter/Will Graham
Fandom: Hannibal
Rating: PG-13
Table: 1drabble
Prompt: 27, Animal
Author's Note: Sequel to "Mutual Dislike."
Disclaimer: This is entirely a product of my own imagination, and I make no profit from it. I do not own the lovely Hannibal Lecter or Will Graham, unfortunately, just borrowing them for a while. Please do not sue.


Why did Max seem to hate Hannibal so much?

It was a mystery to Will. As far as he could tell, Hannibal had made no move that should make the dog feel as though he was any kind of a threat.

Still, Max had obviously not taken to his boyfriend, and that bothered Will. A lot. He didn't have any clue as to why his new dog would show such antipathy towards his lover, but he had learned to trust his dogs' instincts, which meant that Max had picked up on something that wasn't quite right.

Yes, there were things about Hannibal that weren't like other people. He had his idiosyncracies, but then, everyone did. Nobody was free of personal foibles.

Yet Max had seemed to sense something beneath the surface.

Will frowned as he thought about the dog's instant dislike of Hannibal. What was it about the other man that had caused Max to act like that?

Animals did have a tendency to react badly to people who they perceived as being evil, Will reflected. But why did Max have that kind of an attitude towards Hannibal? His boyfriend had never been anything but friendly to his dogs. He hadn't made a threatening move against Max.

Maybe the dog had been abused in the past by someone who reminded him of Hannibal. Yes, that had to be it. That was the only explanation he could think of.

He hated to think of anyone hurting Max; the dog was so sweet and lovable. But there were people who thought it was fun to abuse animals for no reason.

For a moment, just a moment, he wondered if Hannibal was one of those people, and if he simply hid that fact very well. But then he brushed the idea aside, and was ashamed of himself for thinking it at all. That wasn't worthy of the other man; of course Hannibal was nothing like that.

Max probably had bad memories of the past that involved someone who looked like Hannibal, someone who had a similar scent. That had to be the problem.

He would simply have to acclimatize his new dog to his boyfriend.

As hard as that might be, he was determined that his new dog and the man he loved would be on good terms. Though he had no idea how he would make that happen.

He would just have Hannibal come to his home more, Will decided. Once the animal had a chance to interact with Hannibal on a regular basis, then Max would realize that there was no reason for the two of them to be enemies, and he would settle down.

At least, that was what Will hoped. He didn't want Max to cause problems in his relationship, and he didn't want to have to give the dog up, either.

Somehow, things would work out. He would make it happen.